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Elective placements are an important part of the medical school curriculum.

Incoming Electives

We look forward to welcoming Incoming Elective students to Newcastle University.
Applications are open from 1st October 2021 and Elective placements will take place from February 2022.
(Placement start dates may be subject to change following government guidelines regarding the ongoing pandemic.)

We believe that opportunities for elective placements are an important part of undergraduate medical training.  

Elective opportunities are offered by many hospitals within the Northern region. Although it may not be possible to study within Newcastle itself, you may have the opportunity to do so elsewhere in the region. 

While we do not charge tuition fees for an elective, there is a non-refundable administration fee of £200. There will also be a separate Occupational Health Fee, of which the amount will be calculated on an individual basis based on circumstances. More information regarding the Occupational Health Fee will be provided shortly. Please note that the administration fee is payable at least 2 weeks prior to commencement of your elective. Please do not send a cheque with your application. 

For more information on applying to undertake an incoming elective, please see our Incoming Electives Policy. 

When completing your application form you will need to submit pre-prepared documents as part of the online application process. If you do not upload the documents at the time of completing your application, you will be unable to complete the form. These documents include Dean’s Stamp and Signature Form and Dean’s Letter.  

Electives must begin on a Monday and can be between four to eight weeks in length. You must apply 6 months before the date you intend to commence your placement.  

Here are the relevant documents you will need to read or download in order to complete your elective application: 

Outgoing Electives

At the end of Year 4, all students will undertake a period of elective study for eight weeks. 

It provides the ultimate opportunity to exercise student choice, and allows you to study almost any subject in almost any politically safe part of the world.

The elective can be one of the most exciting and motivating periods of medical training.

Approximately two-thirds of the year group use this opportunity to go overseas, with destinations being as far-reaching as Mongolia, Samoa and Cambodia. However, approximately a third of our students elect to remain in the UK and that is perfectly reasonable.

The Medical School provides a number of opportunities during Year 3 and Year 4 for you to hear information relating to health and safety and other aspects of elective travel prior to you going away.

2 students and a member of staff around simulation dummy for medical teaching.